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Old 02 March 2007, 11:48   #11
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Fernie has way better snow and I would say a much better place to stay for a while. Whitewater is also an awesome mountain just outside Nelson BC. Whitewater is smaller than fernie but the snow and terrain are just as good. Nelson is a super fun town to live in.

In whistler there are lots of aussies and kiwis working so you should be able to get a work visa. I believe that they limit you to six months but i could be wrong. It seems like once the visa runs out people will go to the USA for a few days then re-apply for another visa.I believe you need to have an employer endorse you so whistler might be the best bet as there are lots of jobs.

Be warned it is extremely expensive to live in whistler, 6 people to a two bedroom condo is the norm. there is some staff accomodation available. the snow is not as good as the interior of BC. here is a link for work visa ets.

good luck, Simon

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Old 02 March 2007, 13:29   #12
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What about Bunacamp or Camp America great if you like ankle biters work for 4 months or so then use the remainder of the visa for travel.
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Old 04 March 2007, 23:31   #13
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paper work?

Hell, man. Just go to Mexico and walk in, like everyone else. If you stay in California, they'll pay for your driver's license and probably your health insurance, too. Forget all that fancy paperwork; too tedious. Just kidding.... sort of... but not really.... If you do come here, have fun; lots to do.
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Old 06 March 2007, 15:42   #14
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Wherever you decide to go Tim, you won't regret it!

You'll have brilliant adventures and meet all sorts of interesting people!!!

Hopefully you'll find a way to 'photo-blog' your journey!

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Old 08 March 2007, 08:01   #15
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Hey Tim,

website looks nice! You gotta cut down those event galleries to just the very best stuff and fill up the portfolio section with something. Great sailing shots! I am working for the Columbia Chronicle right now which is a news paper associated with Columbia College here in Chicago. Hoping to be interning with Time Out Chicago for the summer. Have a look at my site. It also badly needs an update. It's about 2 years behind right now. But spring break is coming. You should find a great photo school and do some courses. Can you work on a student visa?
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Old 08 March 2007, 14:10   #17
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Guys, thanks for all the help.

Simon, very helpful info, thanks. I'm waiting to here back from a few people so might be able to sort out a job to help get a visa.

Tim G, thanks for the info, but not sure i'm really interested in the camp america thing, I want to board, bike and take photos! I have looked into BUNAC though but they have run out of work visas for this year

K&P, thanks! I will definately have a bloggy whatsit majiggy thing on my site which leads me to...

...Rogan, thanks for the comments on the site. I'm not happy with the pics up there at the moment, they're a bit rubbish . I'm working on a complete site overhaul and just having a few pics up for each category. I am also working on a bloggy thing so I can easily post whilst away without worrying about ftp. Your site looks slick with the flash PS galleries and the pics are great. Looks like you just go out wondering around looking for interesting things to shoot..I don't get as much time to do that as I would like

If anyone has any more tips, then please let me know!



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